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Many people know Amanda Palmer by her reputation. The musician found new fame when she married fantasy scribe Neil Gaiman in 2011, raised an at-that-time unheard of $1.2 million on Kickstarter in 2012, and found herself an early target of the internet outrage machine for, among other things, asking fans to perform for free at her concerts. But for legions of devoted fans, Palmer is an idol, both as a solo artist and as co-founder of The Dresden Dolls, a self-described “Brechtian punk cabaret” act that disbanded in 2008. A few years removed from all her controversies, Palmer and partner-in-crime Brian Viglione have reunited the Dolls, and the timing couldn’t be better. The duo made melodramatic musical theater meditations on gender roles and sexuality that seem particularly apt at a time when victims of misogyny and sexual assault and harassment are calling out perpetrators. The fictional “Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner” sounds like #MeToo truth-telling. Thankfully, Palmer never backs down, and we need her music more than ever. Read more>>> The Dresden Dolls perform at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
Spanish restaurant Estadio is hosting a Halloween party tonight. A $31 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat tapas and desserts from 6-11 p.m. There will also be a costume contest and a cash bar for Halloween-inspired cocktails. Estadio, 1520 14th St. NW, (202) 319-1404, estadio-dc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Swedish indie band Shout Out Louds performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.
Peter Edelman, an author and former advisor to Robert F. Kennedy, reads from and discusses his new book, Not A Crime To Be Poor, at Politics and Prose. The book is about the criminalization of poverty in the United States.7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Middle Eastern-Americana fusion band Sandcatchers performs at Bossa Bistro as the group celebrates the release of its debut album. 7 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $10.
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